Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 08/20/13 at 01:01 PM ET
from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,
Kadri wants to be paid like a star. Big money. Long term. Although no one involved will share the details of the stalled negotiations, whispers around indicate the two sides aren’t close to a deal.
Kadri, the centre, wants star money and there is a case to be made that he is deserving of that.
He had 44 points in 48 games in his first full, albeit shortened, NHL season. That was three points behind John Tavares. That was one point ahead of Matt Duchene, two ahead of Anze Kopitar, and 11 ahead of playoff scoring leader David Krejci.
None of those players have a cap hit of under $5 million a year. And none of them played as little as the 16 minutes and three seconds Carlyle used Kadri each night.
He played three minutes fewer than Henrik Sedin and had one point less over the season.
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